Brewing a cup of your favorite tea can be taken as a moment to slow the world down for just a few minutes. The trick to steeping the highly sought perfect cup mainly comes down to a preference of taste and fundamentals of brewing. The guidelines below will help lead you in the right direction and can be adjusted to your liking. All it takes is a little experimentation and time.
All measurements are based on an 8 oz cup. A basic starting principle is if your tea is too strong, use less tea at a lower temp. If it’s too weak, use more at a similar temp. As a good rule of thumb, you generally want to let the water for all teas sit for about a minute, as you don’t want the water to be quite at its boiling temp. Most teas can be steeped more than once. Use your judgement and guidelines given when steeping a second time. Because you guessed it, the second steeping will all come down to the time and temp.
|Black:||3 grams/ 1 tsp||210°||3-5 minutes|
|Green:||2 grams/ 1.5 tsp||175°||1-3 minutes|
|Oolong:||2 grams/ 1.5 tsp||195°||3-4 minutes|
|Pu-Ehr:||2 grams/ 1.5 tsp||195°||3-4 minutes|
|White:||3 grams/ 1 tsp||170°||5-7 minutes|
|Flavored:||2 grams/ 1 tsp||175°||2-3 minutes|
|Herbal:||2.5 grams/ 2 tsp||205°||5 minutes|